Manchester Food and Drink Festival NQ Nominations

IN the lead-up to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2012 we have to give a nod to all of the Northern Quarter restaurants/bars/venues that have been nominated. And, it is, quite frankly, an outstanding number considering the size of the area!

Ten different venues in the area are up for various awards and here’s a small break down of the nominees:

Best Casual Dining Venue of the Year

Teacup

Famous for its delicious cakes, Teacup is always packed with happy diners. Remember folks, cake is for life, not just for Christmas!

Go there for: A choice of around 20 different types of tea and delicious cakes

55 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA.

Home Sweet Home

Serving some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted this far north of Europe, not to mention delicious cakes and food, the staff are friendly and it does just feel like home.

Go there for: Freshly baked cookies and milk

49 – 51 Edge St, Northern Quarter Manchester M4 1HW

Pub of the Year

Port Street Beer House

A beer buffs heaven and a great place for anyone with an adventurous palate. The sheer amount of beers may seem daunting to many but just tell the staff what you like and their supreme beer knowledge will find you what you desire.

Go there for: Exotic beers

39-41 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ

The Castle

A place close to my heart, I’ve taken everyone I know there at some point for the ales and the fantastic atmosphere. The jukebox is great too!

Go there for: A great time

66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Chef of the Year

Eric Moreau – 63 Degrees

Eric Moreau has brought expressive French cuisine to Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The restaurant uses only locally sourced, fresh ingredients and a classic style of cooking to delight the most delectable of palates.

Go there for: Frogs legs

20 Church Street Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 1PN

Newcomer of the Year

The Bakerie and Bakerie Tasting Store

Bakerie and its tasting store delivers all manner of delicious food as well as freshly baked loaves and a fantastic wine selection.

Go there for: Fresh bread and wine from the tasting machine.

45 Lever Street, Manchester, M60 7HP

Bar of the Year

Common

In the same vein as its Port Street cousin, Common offers up a variety of drinks with mouth-watering food and inspired daily specials.

Go there for: Maple bacon and smoked cheese burger. NOM

39 to 41 Edge Street M4 1HW Manchester, United Kingdom

Socio Rehab

If cocktails is your thing then Socio is the place to go – fully equipped with its Little Black Book of Cocktails, you will definitely find a suitably stiff drink to kick off the night with.

Go there for: Cocktails and tunes

100-102 High Street, Manchester M4 1HP

Best Coffee Bar or Tea Shop

North Tea Power

This little café on Tib Street was one of the original tea-dedicated hubs, supplying a choice ranging from a simple English breakfast tea to the likes of Elderflower iced-tea. They do coffee too, by the way…

Go there for: A brew!

36 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LA

Home Sweet Home

A second nomination for the venue and as for best coffee bar – well I swear you can’t get better coffee than this place. The only complaint is that I have to be in work before it opens!

Go there for: A flat white coffee

49 – 51 Edge St, Northern Quarter Manchester M4 1HW

Food and Drink Pioneers

Almost Famous

Famous has simply got it going on. The juiciest, dirtiest patties you’ll ever taste in your life topped with some truly inspiring and artery-clogging ingredients like ice-cream! Yes, ice-cream. Did I mention the damn fine cocktails too?

Go there for: Banging burgers and a great atmosphere.

83 High St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 1BE

So, go on, visit the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards and vote for your favourite!

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